Our Purpose

What we're here for

WHO WE ARE

G.I.R.L.S. Ranch is a non-profit, faith-based organization that is committed to working with girls, ages 9-17, in the middle Tennessee area who come from hard places.

Our Mission
We are dedicated to investing in the emotional and spiritual lives of girls who come from hard places and encourage them to live to their fullest potential.
Our Vision
G.I.R.L.S. Ranch is committed to providing a non-judgemental, safe, nurturing environment where girls can take part in a new life experiences in order to restructure their sense of self and make positive changes that will last a lifetime.

SHANNON RITCHIE

Founder and Executive Director
Shannon is from Nashville, Tennessee and received her undergraduate from MTSU and graduated from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA with a Masters of Arts in Counseling. She has also been a Nationally Certified Counselor since 2007. In addition to working with inner-city and troubled youth since the late nineties; her experiences include working as an addictions counselor at Virginia Beach Psychiatric Hospital, Mental Health Liaison for Centerstone in Davidson County high schools and professional school counselor in Rutherford County, TN. She serves as a member of National Board of Certified Counselor and received her Certificate as a Certified Trauma Specialist in 2010 . Shannon has a desire to help empower and inspire young girls to achieve their dreams and be overcomers. She loves spending time with her husband outdoors, traveling, and taking her boxer, Titan to the park.

WHAT WE DO

There is power in the words “me-too!” When someone hears these beautiful words the thoughts surrounding “I’m alone in this” diminishes quickly. Don’t we want to feel that we matter and belong in this world? Therefore, our hope is that every girl that is brave enough to walk through our doors will learn instantly that she is not alone in her hurt, she matters and belongs here, and there are other courageous girls that share similar stories as hers who can relate to her pain by sharing in the power of “me-too!”

SUPPORT GROUPS

We strive to provide a safe, non-judgemental, nurturing environment where these authentic “me-too” moments can occur naturally. We are dedicated to providing a place where young girls are learning to express and explore powerful emotions that they may otherwise keep to themselves. We do this by providing support groups for girls in grades 3rd-12th. These groups are the heartbeat of our organization.

MENTORING

The Growing in Grace Mentoring program enriches the G.I.R.L.S. Ranch community one heart at a time through a mentor relationship. Girls who participate in the weekly support groups will have the extended support and care needed from a positive, trusted mentor relationship to further their growth in restructuring their sense of self on Christ. The primary focus of the mentoring relationship is to support young girls in pursuing their academic success and following their God given strengths and skills as they pursue their life goals during and after high school!

CAMPS & RETREATS

We love providing new life experiences for our girls. Semester end retreats and summer camps are intentionally designed for girls to experience community, nature and Jesus in a unique way with a fun and different approach. Every summer girls are counting down the minutes to pack their sleeping bags and head to camp. With a determined focus on teaching girls to live life with intentionality, camp encourages our girls to take responsibility for the reality that God is seeking to direct, communicate and empower us on a continual basis. Our semester end retreats are specifically created for girls who have actively participated in group for the full semester. Retreats are designed not only to reward our girls for their commitment to invest in their personal, emotional and spiritual growth but to persistently model intentional and authentic relationships.

Interested in the above programs? Get in touch to learn more!

WHO WE HELP

G.I.R.L.S. Ranch is committed to working with girls, ages 9-17, who have experienced the effects of major life issues. This could be depression, grief and loss, addiction in the home, low self-esteem, an incarcerated parent etc. Many of our girls come from situations of homelessness, poverty, abuse, violence and other factors that when left unaddressed often continues from one generation to the next. We diligently strive to bring hope and stop this vicious cycle.

The statistics are staggering, which is why we do what we do.

We believe each story has the opportunity to overcome and thrive in this world.

We know our girls. We desire to be apart of their journey and walk next to them.

We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.

2 Thessalonians 2:8